Caitlin Brophy


​Caitlin began her dance training in Southern California at the age of five and specialized in ballet. She was a member of the Aliso Niguel High School Dance Team from (2010-2013). In 2013, she began her dance teaching career and has taught at several local dance studios in Orange County and Utah. She worked for the Walt Disney Company as a parade performer from (2014 - 2020). Caitlin has been casted in several parades at Disneyland. Parades include Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, opening cast of Paint the Night Electrical Parade, Frightfully Fun Parade, and A Christmas Fantasy Parade. Caitlin attended Saddleback College where she earned an associate’s degree in liberal studies. During her time at Saddleback, she was a member of the Saddleback cheerleading squad and the Saddleback dance program from (2013-2015). Caitlin further her education and  attended Utah Valley University on a tuition scholarship. She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Dance, with an emphasis in Ballet. She was a member of UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble from (2015-2018). With the ensemble, she guest performed with Repertory Dance Theater in their show Sanctuary in 2017. Caitlin attended the American College of Dance Association in 2018. From 2018 to 2020 she coached the middle School and high School dance team at Saddleback Valley Christians Schools. Caitlin is planning on starting her physical education  teaching credential in the Spring 2022.  She is passionate about dance and believes that a teacher not only teaches dance steps but life lessons and an overall healthy lifestyle along the way.

Aliso Niguel Dance Team


Ann-Marie Desiano

Dance Team Advisor/ Coach/ Choreographer

Mrs. Desiano started at Aliso Niguel High School in 1998. She has been teaching/coaching high school dance in California since 1991. She began dancing as a child to help her as a competitive gymnast. 

Mrs. Desiano completed her AA degree at Citrus Community College in Glendora California, where she was a part of their Dance Company (1986-1988).  She continued her education at Cal State Long Beach where she obtained her degree in Physical Education (1988-1991). While at CSULB she was part of the Spirit Team for two years.  Mrs. Desiano continued her education at Cal State San Bernardino (1999-2000) where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Education.  At Aliso Niguel High School Mrs. Desiano currently teaches in the Physical Education department: Dance, Tennis, and PE9.  She was a finalist for Orange County Dance Teacher of the Year in 2006 and 2008.  Her choreography received the “Sweepstakes – High Point Award” - Miss Dance Drill USA in 2006. This past year, 2023, the team received the “Spirit Award” and Mrs. Desiano received the “Directors Award” - Contest of Champions Dance Nationals. Mrs. Desiano believes that teamwork is the essence of a winning program. Her motto has always been ‘hard work beats talent when talent will not work hard’. She hopes that this year’s team believes in one another and will aspire to work as one. Mrs. Desiano resides in San Clemente with her husband of 25 years, Tom, a Social Studies teacher and the Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Dana Hills High School. They have two children, and a family dog, Harley. Her daughter, Madelyn, plays professional soccer in the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) for the Houston Dash, and her son, Tommy, graduated from Saddleback Community College with a certificate in the their Media/Television program. He is currently waiting to continue his education at a university.

Anthony  Tuason


Anthony Tuason has been teaching and choreographing for 13 years. He has also been performing and dancing for 18 years. Performance credits include: Dancer/Ensemble in “Chicago”, Papa Ogre/Wolf in “Shrek”, “Chino” in West Side Story, Ching Ho in "Thoroughly Modern Millie", Audrey II in "Little Shop of Horrors", Japeth in "Children of Eden", The Cowardly Lion in "Wizard of Oz". As well as "Music Man", “Godspell”, “Your a Mean Man Mr. Scrooge”, “The Sound of Music” and more. Anthony performed and choreographed in several Saddleback College dance concerts, winning awards for “Best Choreography” and “Best Performer”. He also attended the American College Dance Festival. Anthony danced at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, in “Parade of Dreams”, "A Christmas Fantasy Parade", “Celebrate! A Street Party”, “Mickey’s Halloween Parade”, “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee”, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” and more.

Anthony's dance teams and solos are nationally ranked and have won awards for best concept and originality. A guest choreographer at San Juan Hills High School, Saddleback College Theater Arts and Dance Department where he choreographed “Children of Eden” and a Saddleback College's original production of “A Christmas Carol”. He has worked for several industry events such as Club Posers in Los Angeles. He also is the Regional Director for Revolution Talent Competition. Anthony would like to thank all of his friends and family for their continued love and support. He is very excited to continue coaching the ANHS Dance Team and can't wait to see where the season takes them.

Rona Shahabi


Rona joined our staff during the 2022-2023 academic year for her first season as a competitive coach. Born and raised in Southern California, Rona spent her formative years performing in biannual musicals and recitals. She spent 2 years training on competitive hip-hop and character teams through a local studio, and ever since, has had a passion for performing. Rona continued her pursuit for competitive greatness by training on a nationally ranked all-star cheerleading team. Her range of experiences creates a strong foundation for her abilities as she continues to study the art of dance in a competitive environment. 

Rona graduated from Dana Hills High School in 2016, participating in both student government and varsity cheerleading. She spent one year at Saddleback College before transferring to the University of Maryland, where she earned her BA in Communications during the following three years. Rona has been working for CUSD since the 2020-2021 academic year, and found her passion for working with students during that first year. She works as a district-wide Substitute Teacher while concurrently progressing in a graduate program, majoring in Education, with the hopes of becoming a teacher in the near future! She truly believes that learning lasts a lifetime, and to never let the fear of failure halt you as you chase your dreams.